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and east has an easy 1NT call
May 14, 2016
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Assuming it is 100% forcing you can try transfer to hearts and then 2S as if youN were invit. 4-5. If this would not be forcing I would try transfer to spades and then 3H as 5-5 usually. II knew the bidding was not dying and needed to know how good your double was. When it came back to me, maybe I should bid 3H instead of just 2H. With their raising diamonds and I am showing both your suits, you could easily have bid 4S. wouldn't ignore spades unless I held something like Qxxxx AKQTxx x x.
May 14, 2016
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I think that is a terrible example of a 4D bid, as yo cannot defend against their major game. You simply push them into it. Your hearts are too weak and you show your diamond fit. Much better would be to either pass or jump to 5D removing their elbow room.
May 14, 2016
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Partner raised to 4D trapping with QJ9x JTxxxx K10x x. And ive seen world class players doing this with shorter diamonds. Don't you think you have enough defense to sit back and enjoy their 4M contract?
May 13, 2016
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Unless you have specific agreements I think the raiser to 4m should be in charge and have the last say. He could have a wide variety of hands, some trapping opponents into a failing contract. Preempter shouldnt bid again without a bizarre hand, as he does not know degree of fit or what partner is up to. That's the way everyone played it 90-40 years ago and it still works.
May 13, 2016
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I think weak 2s and higher preempts should be treated differently. Why? Because weak 2s often have more defensive values and casn be partly constructive, and there is room for partner to invite game with new suit or 2NT, with or without interference. Partner has more room to avoid a guess and if he raises (say with Hx or xxx) you may have a strange enuf hand to push it if they compete. Conversely, higher preempts usually have less defense, I personally avoid these with a side ace so partner won't take a phantom. If partner raises my 3C bid to 4C, either directly or after opponents suit bid or double, instead of Pass or 5C or new suit, I would expect him to be trying to “trap” the opponents into a likely failing contract. Who am I to override his judgment? If I wanted to bid again just because he raised (and I've seen top experts do this with a stiff honor), I perhaps should have preempted more in the first place, IMO.
May 13, 2016
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With 4 good spades, 3 suit tolerance and only 1-1 1/2 heart stops some prefer a double. Or perhaps out of range (13-15). I would prefer 1NT myself, but it's a matter of style.
May 12, 2016
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I would not open that hand, but nowadays I realize this is probably a minority position.
May 12, 2016
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Yes. Wasn't paying enough attention to OL
May 12, 2016
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Right. Didn't notice that
May 12, 2016
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While it would seem impractical to introduce one weak 5 card suit (spades) over a big club, it could be worthwhile to show a 2 suiter over 1C. If you play Suction ( or TWERB) you could bid 2D to show a hand that could play hearts or BOTH black suits (ability to play 2S or 3C).That would allow East to make an intelligent decision regarding a black suit sacrifice and possibly interfere with the NS auction. Showing 2 suits is generally much safer than one. Don't know how many play Suction.
May 12, 2016
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While it is barely possible that East does not hold the club ace and does have stiff diamond king (Qx QJxxx K QJ10xx) this is matchpoints and I'll payoff to that. Winning in hand, taking the normal diamond finesse and hoping for Qx QJxxx x(x) AQJx(x), much more likely.
May 12, 2016
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This could be a good hand for a Soloway Jumpshift of 3D obviously to be followed by a heart bid. But nobody plays it anymore. However, I am always showing these diamonds with 2D before a splinter or Jacoby bid. It is important to show a strong 5+ suit as a source of tricks. If partner sees the value of the diamond king, you might get to the cold grand easily. (Balanced hand with 2 black aces and 2 red kings =13 tricks)
May 12, 2016
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2C seems clear on first round. You can back in with hearts later.
May 12, 2016
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Didn't know you were such a naturalist, Bob. Yes I once agreed, with some consternation, to play 4S as Blackwood for hearts. First 3 times it came up all were disasters, then I refused to play it again. Never regretted it.
May 11, 2016
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Because if the heart Jack drops I can switch and use ten as entry to lead up to diamond King.
May 10, 2016
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May not be Matchpoint ideal but I would play 2 top hearts and if Jack didn't drop I'd lead the diamond King. Might go down extra but I'd give it a shot and have some fun. If they duck the diamond I will try a spade. Fun, fun.
May 10, 2016
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Yes, of course if you “knew” that clubs were 2-6 (which you don't)then there would be little room left in the East hand to hold a 3rd heart, would there? Look at it this way: ignoring other suits there are 12 spaces left in the West hand after one round of hearts and 11 spaces in the East hand. So if this were NOT an RS situation the odds would be 12:11 in favor of drop (which would be correct if missing KING and jack). However, RS cuts the 12 in half, so actual odds a priori are 11:6 in favor of finesse. If you knew with certainly that spades were 4:4 (which you don't) this would change the odds to (11-4) to 1/2*(12-4) or 7:4 still in favor of finesse. Now let's assume that East has preempted in a Black suit, say 3C, (and we'll ignore whether he would do so with 4 spades) so clubs are 2:6 or 1:7, but without a club lead, say 2:6. Now the West hand has 10 empty spaces (12-2) and the East hand has only 5 empty spaces (11-6). When you halve the 10 for RS you get an exact tie, even money. When the distribution is even more extreme you can see when (12-K) will exceed double of (11-J) where K and J are assumed filler spaces, and THEN the drop is to be preferred to restricted Choice finesse. I seem to recall Philip Martin writing an article for Bridge World circa 30-35 years ago dealing with related issues.
May 10, 2016
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But not enough less likely to ignore the nearly 2:1 edge (actually 11:6 ignoring outside suit information). Also, if you start clubs early you risk a diamond ruff. And you can take finesse before spade ruff, if it loses you still have a trump on board to do so
May 10, 2016
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It certainly does. Firstly, West might be falsecarding from QJx. Second, how can he be silent with 11 red cards?
May 9, 2016
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